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Title: Ab initio metadynamics simulations of oxygen/ligand interactions in organoaluminum clusters

Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics combined with a metadynamics algorithm is used to study the initial interaction of O{sub 2} with the low-valence organoaluminum clusters Al{sub 4}Cp{sub 4} (Cp=C{sub 5}H{sub 5}) and Al{sub 4}Cp{sub 4}{sup *} (Cp{sup *}=C{sub 5}[CH{sub 3}]{sub 5}). Prior to reaction with the aluminum core, simulations suggest that the oxygen undergoes a hindered crossing of the steric barrier presented by the outer ligand monolayer. A combination of two collective variables based on aluminum/oxygen distance and lateral oxygen displacement was found to produce distinct reactant, product, and transition states for this process. In the methylated cluster with Cp{sup *} ligands, a broad transition state of 45 kJ/mol was observed due to direct steric interactions with the ligand groups and considerable oxygen reorientation. In the non-methylated cluster the ligands distort away from the oxidizer, resulting in a barrier of roughly 34 kJ/mol with minimal O{sub 2} reorientation. A study of the oxygen/cluster system fixed in a triplet multiplicity suggests that the spin state does not affect the initial steric interaction with the ligands. The metadynamics approach appears to be a promising means of analyzing the initial steps of such oxidation reactions for ligand-protected clusters.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California 93943 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22436576
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 141; Journal Issue: 14; Other Information: (c) 2014 U.S. Government; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ALUMINIUM; INTERACTIONS; LIGANDS; MOLECULAR DYNAMICS METHOD; MULTIPLICITY; OXIDATION; OXYGEN; SIMULATION; SPIN